Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is set to find out within the next two days whether his four-game suspension is upheld or overturned, according to the judge hearing his lawsuit against the NFL.
Brady is fighting his four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered over the "deflate-gate" accusation that stemmed from the last playoff season.
Federal judge Richard Berman said at a hearing Monday in New York that the two sides did not reach a settlement, and that he would issue a written ruling on Tuesday or Wednesday. Brady smiled as he walked in the courthouse, with his hands stuffed in his blue suit pants pockets.
Both sides — Brady and the NFL Players Association in one corner and the NFL and Goodell in the other — had asked the judge for a ruling by Friday. Patriots fans are waiting with bated breath before the team's first game of the season on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Berman credited each side with trying to reach a settlement, saying Monday, "I have no qualms about everybody's dedication."
Brady's suspension was first handed down in May, along with a fine levied on the New England Patriots. The suspension was then upheld by the NFL in July. The punishment revolves around the deflation of footballs used during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18. The Patriots won that game 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.
"I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either," Brady wrote in a Facebook post last month.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he regrets not taking legal action in May when the team was first fined by the NFL.
"I was wrong to put my faith in the league," Kraft said during a news conference last month, adding that Brady "is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game both on and off the field."
Attorney Ted Wells, who has led the deflate-gate investigation, stated in May that it "is more than probable" that Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" involving the release of air from the Patriots' footballs. Brady has denied the allegation.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams is the queen of Grand Slams, and the number one female tennis player in the world is back to defend her U.S. Open crown.
Williams, 33, talked with ABC News Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts ahead of the her bid for her fourth consecutive U.S. Open title.
The tournament starts Monday and Roberts asked Williams how she was handling its approach.
“Actually it’s really easy. I don't feel pressure to win here,” Williams replied. “I feel like I want to win here more than probably anybody but at the same time I don't feel that pressure. I felt a lot of pressure at Wimbledon, getting that Serena slam and getting four in a row, that was interesting.”
Williams recently celebrated her second so-called “Serena slam,” which refers to her winning four Grand Slam tournaments in a row, but, although she’s been celebrated for her accomplishments, she had also faced body-shaming.
“I love me and I have learned to love me and I have been like this my whole life and I embrace me and I love how I look,” she said. “I love that I am a full woman and I am strong and I am powerful and I am beautiful at the same time and there is nothing wrong with that … It is so important to look at the positives and if I get caught up in all the negatives, it could really bring you down and I don't have time to be brought down. I have too many things to do. I mean, I have Grand Slams to win or people to inspire and that is what I am here to do.”
Roberts asked the tennis superstar whether the physical or mental aspect of being on the court was more challenging.
“That's a really good one, gosh, I don't know I have to say mental,” Williams replied. “I mean just to stay in there 2 hours, 2 ½ hours can sometimes be tough.”
Williams won her first Grand Slam title in 1999, making history as the first ever African-American to do so since the 1950s. Roberts asked the player whether she was ever amazing at her journey in the sport.
“Sometimes ... I'll look at pictures of me winning that first Open and remember it like it was yesterday, and I remember thinking I'm just not going to miss on this shot, I'm not going to miss, I don't care if I have to hit 100 balls I'm not missing,” she said. “Just remembering that moment, holding that trophy was everything to me.”
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s the latest scores and winners: INTERLEAGUE N-Y Mets 5, Boston 4 N-Y Yankees 20, Atlanta 6 Oakland 7, Arizona 4, 11 Innings AMERICAN LEAGUE Toronto 9, Detroit 2 Tampa Bay 3, Kansas City 2 Cleveland 9, L.A. Angels 2 Minnesota 7, Houston 5 Chi White Sox 6, Seattle 5, 11 Innings Texas 6, Baltimore 0 NATIONAL LEAGUE Colorado 5, Pittsburgh 0 Washington 7, Miami 4 San Diego 9, Philadelphia 4 Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 1 St. Louis 7, San Francisco 5 Chi Cubs 2, L.A. Dodgers 0 (Cubs' Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter) NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON Houston 27, New Orleans 13 Arizona 30, Oakland 23
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Maria Sharapova is out of the US Open.
In a post on Facebook Sunday, tennis star Maria Sharapova announced she will not take part in the US Open this year.
"Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this years US Open," Sharapova posted. "I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time. To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong."
This marks the second time in three years that Sharapova has pulled out of the US Open.
Sharapova has not competed in any event since losing to Serena Williams in the July Wimbledon semifinals, citing a knee injury.
Michael Shroyer/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- Virginia Tech will honor the two journalists who were tragically killed on air this past week.
In a statement on Sunday, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced the football team will wear special stickers on their helmets in memory of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were shot by a former co-worker while doing a live broadcast.
According to the statement, the sticker features the number 7, for WDBJ-7, and teal and maroon ribbons with the initials of the victims.
"Teal was Parker’s favorite color, while the maroon ribbon represents Ward, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011," said the statement.
The Hokies will wear the stickers for the season opener against Ohio State University on Labor Day.
Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta Police say a fan has died after falling during a game between the Braves and the New York Yankess Saturday night.
According to ESPN, the victim fell from the upper deck of Turner Field during the top of the seventh inning.
On Sunday, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as 60-year-old Gregory K. Murrey from Alpharetta, Georgia.
The game continued as paramedics assisted the fallen fan.
Atlanta police told ABC News they are investigating the reason for the fall and the "circumstances of the wall."
On Sunday, the Atlanta Braves tweeted a new statement regarding the death of Gregory K. Murrey.
"The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the loss of Greg Murrey at last night's game. Greg was a valued and longtime season ticket holder and an incredibly passionate Braves fan. This tragic loss is felt throughout Braves Country, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Braves organization continue to go out to his family and friends."
Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR(NEW YORK) -- Jordan Spieth's reign as the world's number one golfer lasted just one tournament.
Spieth, the 22-year-old phenom who won this year's Masters and U.S. Open, claimed the top spot in the world rankings on the back of those major victories and a top-10 finish at the British Open last month. The Official World Golf Rankings are based on a two-year rolling average including results in each tournament a golfer appears.
Coming into the Barclay's Pro-Am this weekend, Spieth held a slight edge over McIlroy, but needed to finish in the top 60 to maintain that lead. Instead, Spieth shot a 177 in two rounds, missed the cut and lost his claim to the top spot.